Next Meeting: Saturday, March 7, 2009
Rita Padilla Haufmann
"Puentes del Rio Grande" (Bridges of the Rio Grande)
At the Unitarian Church in Santa Fe
9:30 am: Social Time
10:00 am: Business Meeting
10:30 am: Presentation
Rita Padilla Haufmann grew up in Tesuque, NM, where her family has lived for many generations. Rita weaves exclusively with churro wool which she washes, cards, spins and dyes. She uses the natural colors of the fleece or she dyes the wool with natural dye stuffs in use during the colonial times in New Mexico. Her designs are of her own creation but are informed by her awareness of traditional Rio Grande designs she has studied in collections.
Rita has received many honors for her textiles. These include first, second, and third place awards at the Traditional Spanish Market in Santa Fe plus the Jake Trujillo Award and a Purchase Award; First places in both Traditional Plain Weave Horizontal and Traditional Geometric Horizontal categories at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture Fiber Arts Fair; First place award and Purchase Prize at the Taylor Museum Indian-Spanish Market in Colorado Springs. In addition, her textiles reside in many museum and private collections.